Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight
Something Foxy, a bit of magic and a Jazz Jol of note
The Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Road, Pietermaritzburg, will present a colourful new show, The Foxy 4, at 2pm on Sunday, October 28.
Featuring vivacious Durban singer-dancers Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers (pictured above), it will offer a fast-paced look at women in music – among them Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Adele, The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe and Carole King.
Described as cheeky and fun, with stylish choreography and striking costumes, the show also salutes Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin, among others.
Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.
Meanwhile, with Halloween around the corner, why not consider treating yourself to Trick & Treat, a show of magic to be staged at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, and 2pm on Sunday October 28?
Presented by the South African Magical Society, the family-friendly show is directed by Ricki Gray, one of South Africa’s best-loved illusionists, and features a variety of fun acts. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.
Also note that Durban’s popular annual Jazz Jol has a stellar line-up for the 30th edition that takes place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at 7pm on Saturday, October 27.
The event features composer-pianists Burton Naidoo and Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane alongside the impressive UKZN Big Band.
Mashiloane will perform with Menzi Cele and Zoe The Seed on vocals, Boyi Mokhatla on drums and Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass.
The UKZN Big Band, led by Naidoo, will perform old favourites including Have You Met Miss Jones, Take the ‘A’ Train and I’ve Got You Under My Skin. New arrangements from John Kordalewski, as well as arrangements by students Micale Leon, Phuti Mofakeng, Kgethi Nkotsi and Sinalo Zulu, will also feature.
Tickets for the Jazz Jol cost R130 (R90 for pensioners, R70 for students) and can be bought at the door.
On the movie scene, a thriller titled Peppermint is among movies new in cinemas countrywide from this weekend.
It tells of how, five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
The film is directed by Pierre Morel and teams Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher jnr and John Ortiz.
Also of note is that the National Theatre Live film of the acclaimed London production of King Lear, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in the name role, is headed for Cinema Nouveau at Gateway, Umhlanga, this weekend. Screenings are scheduled for 7.30pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
Do you know? What kitsch movie musical starred Bruce Jenner (now transgender TV star Caitlyn Jenner) when he was at the height of his fame as an Olympic athlete? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: What South African singer, now aged 77, made his name with his performance as the Elvis-like Pharaoh in the original 1970s South African production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? (Answer: Alvon Collison)